By John Nelson Rickard Ph.D., Roger Cirillo
In the wintry weather of 1944--1945, Hitler sought to divide Allied forces within the seriously forested Ardennes area of Luxembourg and Belgium. He deployed greater than 400,000 troops in a single of the final significant German offensives of the warfare, which grew to become referred to as the conflict of the Bulge, in a determined try and regain the strategic initiative within the West. Hitler's attempt failed for numerous purposes, yet many historians assert that Lieutenant basic George S. Patton Jr.'s 3rd military was once eventually liable for securing Allied victory. even supposing Patton has assumed a larger-than-life popularity for his management within the years due to the fact that global struggle II, students have paid little realization to his generalship within the Ardennes following the relaxation of Bastogne.
In enhance and damage, Captain John Nelson Rickard explores the commander's operational functionality through the whole Ardennes crusade, via his "estimate of the situation," the U.S. Army's doctrinal method of problem-solving. Patton's daily situational figuring out of the conflict of the Bulge, as published via extremely intelligence and the impression of the opposite Allied generals on his decision-making, provides readers an in-depth, serious research of Patton's total effectiveness, measured when it comes to undertaking accomplishment, his skill to achieve and carry floor, and a cost-benefit research of his operations relative to the lives of his infantrymen. The paintings not just debunks myths approximately one in every of America's such a lot debatable generals yet presents new insights into his popular army ability and colourful personality.
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3. 4. 1. 2. 1. 2. 1. 2. 1. 1. 1. 1. 2. 3. 4. S. S. S. map symbols were used to depict enemy formations on G-2 maps and situation maps. For battle maps in the current work, German map symbols are used. Numerical designation of regiments and combat commands are employed when space does not permit the full unit designator. Series Editor舗s Foreword The study of military operations has been the staple of military academies and staff colleges for 200 years. Indeed, the analysis of operations is the basis for military doctrine, procedures, and attitudes and is rooted in past operations.
Assessment Appendixes A. Eisenhower舗s Order of Battle, December 16, 1944 B. German Order of Battle, December 16, 1944 C. German Reinforcements versus Third Army, December 22, 1944舑January 18, 1945 D. Selected ULTRA Messages E. Weather Conditions in Third Army舗s Area, December 23, 1944舑January 10, 1945 F. XIX TAC Daily Fighter and Fighter-Bomber Sorties, December 22, 1944舑January 28, 1945 G. Third Army Reinforcements versus Casualties, December 22, 1944舑January 28, 1945 H. Patton舗s Staff Notes Selected Bibliography Index of Military Units General Index Illustrations Photographs Following page 170 Bradley, Eisenhower, and Patton in the ruins of Bastogne Patton and Brigadier General Anthony C.
John Nelson Rickard has used his professional experience and education to assess the same military considerations that all the major players did and to describe and analyze the results. Using his own running estimate of the situation, as any commander would, he updates the common operational picture seen by the major players and assesses the effects of their decisions as the fighting units decide the results on the field of battle. Tied to a gripping narrative, this is operational history at its best.
Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge by John Nelson Rickard Ph.D., Roger Cirillo